Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Pensacola, FL, USA
Human Resources - Community College of the Air Force: Montgomery, AL, USA
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training full-time in October 2013 in Gulf Breeze, FL, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He heard about the Wounded Warrior Athletic Programme and took up swimming, but after two years wanted to change sport as he was fed up getting beat by younger athletes. He then had a chance meeting at a baseball match with Gabor Mate, who competed for Hungary in discus at the Olympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008. "We talked about sports and we found out that we both had a common interest, we both loved throwing the discus. I told him if he needed help, I would be there for him," said Mate.
Chief (teamr4v.wordpress.com, 27 Apr 2016)
Baseball. (teamr4v.wordpress.com, 27 Apr 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Dream big. Live large. Throw far." (teamr4v.wordpress.com, 10 Mar 2016)
In April 2007 he was serving with the United States Air Force in Iraq when he was injured in a truck bomb explosion at an air base in Kirkuk. He sustained a traumatic brain injury and a severely injured shoulder. He walks with a cane and uses oxygen to help with headaches resulting from the brain injury. (pnj.com, 01 Aug 2016; al.com, 21 Aug 2014)